|Can we say Christmas card?|
The fence around my patioOne winter to rule them all.....it was one evil November day that caused massive plant death and millions of dollars of damage to the Tucson nurseries. It was the first(and probably the last) time in my Arizona teaching career that I ever had a snow day from work. People from the cooler regions understand and appreciate the excitement of a snow day:) I couldn't believe my eyes as I looked out my apartment window at the time and saw SNOW!!! My tropical patio suffered a major set back and I couldn't do anything about it.
To this day, gardeners still talk about that winter "5 or 6 years ago" that killed so many trees and plants. I discovered that the Silver Dollar Eucalyptus, while one of my favorite trees, is not that cold hardy. As a consquence from that storm in Tucson, most of those trees died....some were very very old. Today, you won't find as many of those trees around the Old Pueblo anymore. Other varieties of Eucalyptus stood the test of Mother Nature's fury.......
Winter in Tucson:)
A cold evening after....Look at how the snow blanket covered my neighborhood. I'm on a hill looking down and Mt. Lemmon is in the background. This is in the Foothills near Sunrise and Swan
Due to this topic being brought up in class, I thought, "Hey great idea....share those beautiful winter pics!!" It was a one day event but boy the aftermath was felt for years. Old trees were taken down....in one neighborhood, they had a line of those silver dollar eucs and it took them 2 years to remove the dead giants. That is why today I won't plant certain trees because all it takes is one night to kill many years of work. I will admit secretly that I planted several Jacaranda knowing that a snow storm could kill them.......but my heart longs for the Jac:) And once you see the purple blooms on the tree or covering the ground, you will want to plant one yourself:) Maybe two....or three......Enjoy the pics!! PS. You better start your Christmas shopping now....don't procrastinate like I do:)